BBQ season is approaching and to top off your ribs, burgers or steaks check out Dawson’s Hot Sauce. It is a nicely prepared hot sauce that offers up complex and bold flavour combinations which you can enjoy before the 5-alarm spice hits your tastebuds. Add a little for a nice flavour or add a lot to make yourself sweat. To make it even better, this hot sauce is made locally in downtown Hamilton by Brodie Dawson and there are three distinct blends to choose from!
We made these delicious pulled pork tacos with Dawson’s. Keep reading to see the recipe.
Normally you think of hot sauce as this red stuff to add spice to whatever you’re making, you don’t normally think of the flavour. That is where Dawson’s Hot Sauce excels. Dawson’s comes in three flavours: Big Smoke Chipotle; Garlic Jalapeno; and Sweet Pear Chili. I love that you can taste the chipotle, garlic and pear in the sauces.
I did a bit of experimenting and I found that I really enjoyed the Garlic Jalapeno in guacamole. I may have also put a few dabs of the Sweet Pear Chili on some chocolate ice cream.
For this recipe, we used Big Smoke Chipotle hot sauce to cut the sweetness of the other ingredients. The Garlic Jalapeno would also be amazing with this recipe and would play up the garlic flavour.
Sweet with Heat Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
5 lbs of pork (pork shoulder bone-in, or we used pork loin)
1/2 white onion, very roughly chopped
10 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 cup maple syrup
2.5 tbsp Dawson’s Big Smoke Chipotle hot sauce (or more if you’d like)
2 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
1 tbsp sea salt
1/2 cup to 1 cup water or apple juice
Place onions at the bottom of a slow cooker, place pork on top. Mix the remaining ingredients together (except the water/apple juice) in a bowl and pour over top of the pork. Add in approximately 1/2 cup to 1 cup of water/apple juice just enough to cover the bottom of the slow cooker and a bit of the meat.
Cook on high for 1 hour and then reduce to low for 6 hours. The pork is ready when it easily pulls apart with a fork. Remove the pork from the slow cooker when finished. Place the pork in a large bowl and pull it apart with two forks. Mix in the Big Smoke Bourbon BBQ Sauce. Serve!
Big Smoke Bourbon BBQ Sauce
1 1/5 oz bourbon
3 cloves of garlic, pressed or minced
2.5 tbsp Dawson’s Big Smoke Chipotle hot sauce
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup molasses
1/2 cup apple juice (optional – see note)
1 tbsp corn starch (optional – see note)
Mix ingredients together in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat and let it simmer until the sauce has reduced and thickened. (NOTE: You will need to add corn starch to thicken or you may also choose to leave out the apple juice.) Continue to stir frequently. Once desired consistency is formed, pour over pulled pork. You can also use this recipe on steaks, burgers, ribs or whatever you’d like!
If you’re interested in trying Dawson’s Hot Sauce, you can pick it up at various locations downtown (Cake and Loaf Bakery sells it for sure), online at dawsonshotsauce.com or we offer the perfect gift basket for Father’s Day featuring a bottle of the Big Smoke Chipotle in addition to some other BBQ necessities!
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Thank you to Dawson’s Hot Sauce for the gift pack which gave us the opportunity to try all three flavours! It has become our hot sauce of choice. See ya later sriracha! I’m going after the limited edition Chocolate Chili Sauce next.